Dolphins batting gun Jerry Cassell travelled a long and inspiring road on his way to owning and operating Physio You physiotherapy in Casuarina.
A star junior volleyballer and cricketer, Cassell made the junior Australian volleyball team in 1991 and the Olympic training team in 1996, before injury cut him down.
He turned to cricket after severe injuries including a bad back forced him into retirement from volleyball.
Cassell excelled at cricket and played at national level and abroad in a rewarding career.
He won an unprecedented five premierships in club cricket with Sandgate/Redcliffe and was part of the Queensland Bulls Pura Cup cricket team during a golden era between 1996 and 2001, when he was part of a premiership-winning team.
After finishing up with the Bulls and still carrying his back injury, Cassell plied his trade in countries as far as England and as culturally varied as Sri Lanka.
It was during this journey across the globe that he was able to source a range of opinions and different approaches to medical treatments for his back injury.
“I started picking people’s brains, picking up on different treatments and learned a lot from around the world and wouldn’t have had that opportunity if I wasn’t playing sport,” Cassell said.
“It took a long time and a lot of trial and error with different people to find a treatment that worked, but my back is fine now.”
He saw first-hand how hard it could be for people to get access to medical treatment, which prompted him to think more seriously about life post-sport and consider a career in physiotherapy.
After returning to Australia, Cassell completed his Masters degree at the University of Technology Sydney, while playing club cricket for Bankstown (Steve Waugh’s old club).
After working in the public system in various hospitals, Cassell opened his first physiotherapy clinic in Sydney at the beginning of 2015, before making the move to Casuarina two months ago.
Cassell is also currently the team physio for Queensland Grade Cricket side the Gold Coast Dolphins, the team he will also take the crease for in a fortnight when the season gets underway.
With his professional cricket days behind him, Cassell is enjoying the game and having the opportunity to combine it with his profession.
He said that he would continue to play in some capacity, which could be great news for a local team searching for a former national-level star.
“Down the track, I think I will be playing for the Cudgen club in Kingscliff,” Cassell said.
“I think I will always be involved with sport.”